Jul 11, 2012 1:00pm EDT
representative eleanor holmes north whon has joined us. representative, thank you for joining us in the special order. ms. norton: i want to thank you, representative tonko, and my other good colleague, representative garamendi, for leading this special hour and for offering the perspective that you've been this hour with -- that you've begun this hour with. something that our fathers and grandfathers are responsible for, the greatest generation. we all -- and now have been embraced by the american pooned people and as proud democrats we're very, very proud of that -- of these very important reforms. i wanted to come to the floor as well to offer some reallife, realtime evidence, as people try to judge what they've heard on the floor today, what they heard on the floor yesterday about the heament care bill -- the health care bill. we teach our children fair play, you know, you win some, you lose some. when you lose then you lost that one. you try again another time. what they've seen in the house this year and last year is the republicans try to repeal financial reform. they lost that.
Jul 4, 2012 10:00am EDT
that time, and then at the conservative stance from people like jesse holmes, who at the end of his career was talking with bryant -- bono about supporting that issue around the globe. look at ronald reagan, and then fast forward to his vice president's son, george w. bush, who is conservative on many issues but lead on this issue. on this issue, or whether it is gay rights, or woman's reproductive rights, can you imagine a similar transformation happening in conservative figures? >> yes, i always say it is inevitable to us, inconceivable to them, and it is our job to shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable. it takes our work not only inside to maneuver and persuade, but the outside mobilization it is essential, and in almost every issue the american people are ahead of the elected officials. i had the privilege of being in new york city with some colleagues yesterday with bono, who had worked on the aids issue. we started working with bono on that debt forgiveness issue, the millennium challenge in the jubilee year to end that debt that some many countries
Jul 31, 2012 5:00pm EDT
act and thank my colleague in new york, jerry nadler, and eleanor holmes norton for their very strong leadership in opposition to this bill. mr. speaker, the callus indifference that is shown to the lives this health, the well being and constitutional rights of women in this bill simply beggar description. for instance, the bill has no provision whatsoever for women who have been the victims of rape or incest. and there is no exception for a woman's health. this bill would use the awesome power of the state to compel the victim of an -- of a violent assault to bear the child of her attacker and compel a minor child who has been the victim of incest to bear her sibling. how can you even begin to justify the intrusion of federal power into such deeply painful and personal matters. this bill is an assault on decency and common sense. and it adds to the battery of weapons being used by our republican colleagues and their war against women. a vote for this bill is a vote to show contempt for women's health, women's rights, a doctor's role in health care decisions and the constitution, all
Jul 23, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. one of the weapons used by holmes was an ar-15 rifle, a semi-automatic weapon. if the assault weapon ban of the violent crime control and law enforcement act of 1994 had not been allowed to expire, it might have been perhaps that 12 people, including a little girl, might still be alive. our colleague, gabrielle giffords, was at home, making thankfully a recovery, but the six people who died that day might be alive. and a young man in st. croix who lost his life yesterday and many others in the u.s. virgin islands and across this country might still be alive if that ban was in place. and so again on behalf of myself and my family and the people of the virgin islands, i offer condolences to the family and again say that the family of those who were lost and the families of those who are recovering are in our prayers. at this time i would like to yield such time as he might consume to our democratic whip, a true leader for all americans, leading us on many issues. tonight i believe he's going to talk about voter protection. but he also has been working very hard to make sure that we mak